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Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occurs in motor vehicle accidents, and especially rear-end crashes. Many victims of whiplash accidents face difficulty recovering the compensation that they need and deserve because there are no conclusive medical tests that can show the extent of injuries caused by whiplash. An Atlanta rear end accident lawyer can provide help to clients who have been victims of a crash that caused whiplash. Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. will fight to help you show that you were badly hurt by the accident and that the whiplash is affecting your life. medical-709366-m

Although you can successfully make a whiplash claim, having a test to identify whiplash would go a long way towards making these types of cases easier. Fortunately, Physical Therapy Products reports that researchers have identified a new approach to identifying which whiplash sufferers will develop disability, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If this new approach becomes standard, car accident victims should have a much easier time showing insurance companies and juries that they are entitled to extensive damages after a crash that causes whiplash.

New Test Could be Instrumental In Whiplash Diagnosis

Researchers from Northwestern University believe that special MRI imaging may be useful in identifying when patients will suffer from severe ongoing whiplash injuries. The MRI test can be administered within the first week or the first two weeks after someone is involved in an accident and is experiencing whiplash symptoms.

The MRI is able to detect unusual muscular changes within the chronic pain group. The MRI measures the ratio of fat and water in the muscles. When the MRI shows that there is a lot of fat infiltrating the muscles in the neck, this is an indicator of rapid atrophy. This represents a more severe injury and suggests that the patient is likely to experience ongoing, chronic, debilitating effects from the whiplash injury. The buildup of fat in the neck muscles does not appear to be linked to either the victim’s body shape or to the victim’s size.

Patients who have a large amount of fat in the few weeks after the whiplash typically also have a large amount of fat in neck muscles at both one month after the injury as well as three months after the injury. The patients with this symptom developed disability and chronic pain in virtually all cases.

An MRI is not a standard test conducted for whiplash sufferers. However, if this new research turns out to be correct, it could become a standard protocol for people diagnosed with whiplash after a motor vehicle accident. A patient who has this high amount of fat could be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist early on for help with PTSD symptoms. The evidence could perhaps also be used to show an insurer or a jury that the whiplash is real and that the patient deserves sufficient compensation for his disabling injuries.

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 

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For plaintiffs who are victims of a medical error, filing a malpractice claim can result in an award of monetary compensation.  A plaintiff has the burden of proving a doctor fell short in the care provided, which can be a challenge.  Juries often don’t understand the specific professional obligations of doctors, and doctors can put up their own expert witnesses to testify that the care they offered was fine.  The challenges in demonstrating that a doctor failed to fulfill his professional duty is one reason why it is very important for plaintiffs in malpractice cases to be represented by experienced Atlanta malpractice lawyersnurse-1-1158314-m

In some malpractice claims, doctors actually violated federal guidelines or safety standards. When this happens, it can make it easier for those who have been harmed by the medical errors to prove negligence. Now, however, a new proposed bill would aim to curtail this practice to a certain extent and limit the kinds of evidence plaintiffs can use to prove a doctor’s actions fell below the standard of care.

Doctors Lobby to Prohibit Certain Evidence in Malpractice Cases

The federal government has been increasing its oversight of doctors who receive Medicaid and Medicare payments, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services has indicated that the goal is for all payments to be tied to quality control measures within the next three years. As the New York Times reports, a bill recently passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support requiring that doctors receive a quality care rating of 0 to 100.

There are specific metrics established that are used to determine the quality of care that a doctor provides. These metrics logically could, and should, be used in by plaintiffs in malpractice claims. After all, they establish the official standards of what it is reasonable to expect medical care providers to do.

Unfortunately, doctors and insurance companies have lobbied the government to prevent the use of quality control standards as evidence in malpractice cases. The government appears to be listening, because the recent bill that the House passed included a provision that would prevent the standards (or evidence of failure to live up to them) from being used in lawsuits for medical malpractice.

Insurance experts from the University of Pennsylvania have indicated that it makes no sense not to consider these standards in malpractice cases. The AARP also has described this bill as troubling and problematic, since it is already customary for federal standards to be used in malpractice and negligence cases including claims involving nursing home negligence.

While these quality control standards are intended to improve the services and the treatments patients are receiving, it is illogical to prevent patients from also using them to make a case when things go wrong.   Demonstrating that a doctor has failed to fulfill the obligations that Medicare and Medicaid determined are reasonable could be clear evidence that the provider has offered his patients substandard care and should be liable for resulting losses due to his malpractice.

The Atlanta medical malpractice lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a negligent doctor. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. 


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The job of a Medicaid fraud investigator is to try to identify health care providers who are improperly taking money from the Medicaid system. Medicaid is a form of health insurance for lower income people, so a lot of Medicaid fraud involves things like billing for health services that were not provided or billing too much for treatments that were offered. detective-desktop-558786-m

However, Medicaid has also become one of the primary payers of nursing home care. Nursing homes are extremely costly and many seniors cannot afford these facilities on their own so instead end up relying on Medicaid to pay the bills. Because Medicaid pays for nursing home care for a large percentage of nursing home residents, fraud investigators can work not only to identify situations where the government is losing money, but also situations where nursing home residents are being mistreated.

Identifying abuse and neglect in nursing homes is difficult because many of the victims have debilitating problems like Alzheimer’s that affect their ability to speak out for themselves. Anything that can help to find nursing homes that mistreat patients is extremely important. Those who suspect that someone they love is being victimized by abuse can also contact an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. for help investigating nursing home abuse and pursuing a claim for compensation.

Medicaid Fraud Investigators Can Help Identify and Stop Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse

The Baltimore Sun published a recent article showing how Medicaid fraud investigators can help in the fight against elder abuse. In this particular case, the Medicaid investigators launched an investigation into a group residential home that was supposed to provide round-the-clock care for handicapped children. The investigation was triggered because of the death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child.

Investigators contacted a guardian for a former resident of the group home, who had been hospitalized earlier because of bedsores that became infected. The investigators also contacted former employees of the facility to ask about the cleanliness of the group home, how many people were working there, and what types of medical supplies were available.

The investigation revealed that the contractor running the facility had a pattern of experiencing problems including insufficient staffing, deficient medical care, and poor fiscal management. Despite this track record, the company had been awarded $18 million in contracts to run group homes for the disabled.

The investigators will continue to look into the group home to build solid evidence of whether the home was properly managed and providing adequate care.

This type of investigation can also be conducted against nursing homes, which are required to comply with Medicaid requirements in order to continue receiving funding. Medicaid investigators can use their resources and investigatory abilities not just to save the government money for fraudulent care but also potentially to save lives.

Elder abuse and neglect remain serious problems in Atlanta and nationwide. If you or someone you love is a victim, contact an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer right away.

The Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by abuse or neglect. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Motor vehicle defects have been a big problem over the past few years, with GM recalling more vehicles in 2014 than it sold in five years and Takata recalling more than 17 million vehicles because of air bag problems that could kill or injure occupants. One disturbing trend that has been present in many of the recall situations is that there is often evidence to suggest that the product manufacturer knew of problems well before the defects were announced to the public. These vehicle defects have caused deaths, but manufacturers kept quiet and didn’t alert the public for years. us-currency-4-1007270-m

One way to potentially solve this issue is to create greater rewards for people working at auto parts manufacturers and car companies if they come forward and report wrongdoing. To that end, the federal government is moving forward on putting whistleblower incentives into place. Whistleblower incentives  have been tremendously effective at getting employees to come forward and report when the government is being defrauded of money. Hopefully, incentives to auto workers could have a similar effect at getting workers to come forward and reveal public safety issues.

When a car or any vehicle parts turn out to be defective, an Atlanta product defect lawyer can help those who have been hurt to take legal action. Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you if you were the victim of a motor vehicle accident that happened because of problems with a car or its parts.

Encouraging Whistleblowers to Report Dangerous Auto Defects

The Claims Journal reports that the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee put forth a proposal to offer financial incentives to auto industry employees. The legislation would allow any employee, contractor, parts supplier, or car dealership to come forward and share original information on product defects or on violations of U.S. Transportation Department or U.S. Justice Department reporting requirements.

Those who come forward are protected from retaliation and would also be entitled to receive up to 30 percent of the penalties that result from a federal enforcement action once the penalties reach $1 million or more. This could be a very substantial amount of money in the case of serious violations. General Motors, for example, paid a $35 million fine because it delayed reporting problems with its faulty ignition switch.

Thousands of injury claims and 379 wrongful death claims have been filed against GM- and if a whistleblower had come forward years ago to report the problem, maybe these hundreds of people would still be alive. This is just one of many examples where a whistleblower could save lives by speaking up.

The legislation received unanimous backing from the U.S. Senate Panel, with 13 Republican and Democratic members in favor of it. It now moves to the full Senate for debate. Hopefully, if and when the law is passed, it will have an impact on encouraging people to come forward and prevent tragedies before they occur.

Those who have already been hurt should not hesitate to hold the car manufacturer and/or making of defective parts responsible. An Atlanta products liability lawyer can help you to learn more about how to take legal action.

The Atlanta product liability lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent you after an injury caused by a defective vehicle part. Call today at (404) 814-8949 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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Nursing home abuse is on the rise in Georgia.  As reports, the Georgia Counsel on Aging indicates that there has been a 65 percent increase in reported nursing home abuse between 2008 and 2012.  The problem is likely to only grow worse as the population ages.  By 2050, as many as 20 percent of the total U.S. population will be 65 and up. Many of these seniors are going to be cared for by low-paid and untrained workers in nursing home facilities that are overcrowded and understaffed. court decision gavel arbitration

Lawmakers in Georgia are trying to address the problem and provide more protections for seniors in nursing home facilities.   Northwest Georgia News reported on GA House Bill 72, which is designed to tighten elder abuse laws, close loopholes in existing regulation, and boost the tools that law enforcement officers have to fight elder abuse crimes.  If this bill passes, it could make a significant difference in how patients are treated and in what happens when nursing homes fail in their duties.

Nursing home residents need to be aware that facilities can be held civilly, as well as criminally responsible when abuse occurs. Victims of abuse should consult with an Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer for help pursuing a claim for compensation if they suffer harm.

New Georgia Elder Abuse Laws Could Protect Nursing Home Residents

Georgia Bill 72 would add greater protection against financial exploitation of seniors, and would make it possible for cases alleging elder abuse to be brought to trial in a more timely manner. A RICO provision would also be added in order for prosecutors to better target individuals and organizations who are part of an organized scheme to prey on the elderly.  These changes are important and could make a significant difference in the safety of residents living throughout Georgia’s nursing care facilities.

Georgia has approximately 1,800 licensed personal care homes. These facilities provide varying degrees of medical assistance and personal care service, as well as food and lodging.  There are also unlicensed facilities that operate care centers without complying with state regulations.  The number of complaints about unlicensed facilities in Georgia increased from 253 over the course of 2013 to 293 over the course of 2014.  Those in unlicensed facilities may be at the greatest risk of harm because those running the facilities do not comply with the rules. Frequently, facility operators even move residents to different locations to avoid being caught.

Those who are looking for a nursing home for themselves or other family members need to be sure the facility is properly licensed and does not have a lengthy history of complaints. If abuse does occur, residents and their family members need to take action to protect their legal rights.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience in nursing home cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of Georgia nursing home abuse. 

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Medical malpractice has long been a hot-button issue as reformers routinely argue that limiting patient’s rights is one of the best ways to reduce healthcare costs. Tort reform advocates claim that the significant risk of lawsuits forces doctors to buy costly malpractice insurance. These expenses are then passed on to consumers in the form of higher healthcare costs.  Arguments are also made that doctors order more testing in order to reduce the risk of a lawsuit, which in turn drives costs up even further. hospital-corridor-2-65904-m

While these theories have largely been debunked, there are still efforts being made to curtail the rights of injured patients to sue doctors.  For example, as reports, Georgia is currently considering legislation to overhaul the malpractice system despite fierce opposition from consumer advocates and questions about whether the proposed plan is even constitutional.

If you are injured by a doctor, you deserve to be fully compensated for all the harm that you endure as a result. An Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer can help you to pursue a claim to try to recover monetary compensation for losses.

Proposed Plan Would Overhaul Georgia Malpractice System

The new plan to overhaul the medical malpractice system in Georgia is found in Senate Bill 86, the Patient Compensation Act.  This Bill proposes to create a new administrative system that will handle all malpractice claims that patients make. The cases would be taken out of the courts, and the system would be the first of its kind within the United States.

The Patient Compensation Act would force doctors and providers to pay money into a fund to cover financial awards to patients who are injured by medical negligence.  However, the amount of money that a malpractice victim receives would be subject to strict limitations.

Supporters of Senate Bill 86 have made the same tired argument that costs of healthcare will be reduced because this new scheme would reduce the use of defensive medicine practices.  Supporters are also arguing that making the change to an administrative system would reduce the need for lengthy and expensive jury trials which many patients can’t afford. However, this argument has some problems on its face. First, attorneys generally take malpractice cases on a contingent fee basis so the plaintiffs don’t pay the costs of legal fees unless and until their case is resolved and money is recovered. Second, most cases are able to settle outside of court without the need for a lengthy jury trial.

Of course, a victim of malpractice is going to be better off if there is a little bit of a delay for a case to be settled or go to a jury if the patient ends up with full compensation at the end, rather than if the patient is quickly given a capped amount of money that doesn’t even fully cover losses.  This is why so many consumer advocates are speaking out against the proposed plan found in Senate Bill 86.

A similar bill failed last year, and hopefully will fail again since it deprives patients of their right to a trial by jury as well as of their right to full compensation for losses.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience in medical malpractice cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of a negligent doctor. 

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Efforts to prevent truck collision often center around controlling the behavior of truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has imposed numerous requirements for licensing of truckers and has imposed strict limitations on the amount of time truckers can drive per week. While preventing drivers from unsafe actions is very important, drive behavior is not the only cause of truck collisions. truck

Inadequate truck maintenance and unsafe vehicles are also a major problem within the United States. The FMCSA does have requirements in place to ensure trucks are roadworthy, but it is difficult to enforce these regulations and a huge number of big rigs on the road are not actually safe to drive. When a truck crash occurs because of problems with the vehicle, an Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help victims or their family members to take appropriate legal action.

Poorly Maintained Trucks a Leading Cause of Atlanta Truck Collisions

Recently, the Post Gazette reported on the extent of the problems with truck maintenance in the United States. Around 14,000 people have lost their lives in crashes involving big-rigs and tractor trailers since 2009, and almost a 25 percent of those deaths involve trucks that had received previous citations for safety violations.

From 2009 to 2013, a total of around 390,000 collisions occurred involving big rigs. Far too many of these accidents occurred because of problems with brakes, tires with low tread; broken headlights; malfunctioning signals and other vehicle maintenance problems.

The problem of truck maintenance issues is more widespread than anyone wants to think about. On average, one out of every six trucks pulled over for inspection in the United States “was deemed so badly out-of-order that it was unsafe to drive.” Top problems leading to citations include:

  • Violations of local laws, which accounted for 1,834,850 citations.
  • Signals and headlights that do not meet requirements, which accounted for 1,466,874 citations.
  • Broken headlights and signals, which accounted for 1,381,950 citations.
  • Broken parts, which accounted for 1,152,071 citations.
  • Tires that had low tread, which accounted for 1,138,237 citations.

There are lots of reasons why trucks are not living up to safety rules. One issue is that there is inconsistent enforcement across different states. Since a large number of trucks travel across multiple state borders, the drivers may not be aware of or in compliance with all regulations. Some safety advocates suggest that a single enforcement system would help solve this. The federal government has launched a new safety scoring system called Compliance, Safety, Accountability, that has helped to draw attention to the issue of truck safety violations. However,there are currently no plans for a large-scale enforcement effort to ensure that al trucks follow safety rules.

Ultimately, truck drivers and trucking companies need to take responsibility for making sure that the vehicles they take on the roads are safe. If they fail in this duty, the trucking company and driver can be held legally responsible when accidents occur.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience in truck accident cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of an Atlanta truck collision. 

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Most people make New Year’s resolutions around this time of year as they look forward to what they hope will be a great future. One of the most common resolutions that people make is to start exercising or to be better about their exercise routine. elliptical-trainers-489121-m

While working out should be good for you, sometimes it presents unexpected risks to your safety. This is true both if a gym fails to adequately maintain its premises and if gym equipment has design flaws. If you suffer an injury as a result of a failure of a gym or equipment manufacturer to live up to basic safety obligations, you should contact an Atlanta injury lawyer for help understanding your legal options.

Exercise Injuries Could Cause Atlanta Personal Injuries

Recently, the LA Times reported on injuries that were sustained by Senator Harry Reid. Reid was exercising in his home when a resistance band on the equipment he was using broke. The band hit him and caused him to suffer a fall. He struck other pieces of gym equipment on the way down.

The incident left him with several broken ribs and several broken facial bones. It made the newspaper because of the fact that it happened to a Senator.

While this incident was a high-profile one, the reality is that exercise injuries are very common and most victims do not end up getting their pictures in the papers.

The Health-I-Team reports that there has been a 45 percent increase in the number of injuries that result from the use of exercise equipment between the years 2007 and 2010.

Exercise injuries can happen anywhere, at both home gyms and public gyms. Public gyms have certain responsibilities to their patrons to keep workout spaces clean and in safe condition. If a gym fails to fulfill its obligations under premises liability laws, then customers are put at risk of getting hurt. When this negligence leads to an actual injury, victims can file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages.

Often, however, it is not the conditions of the workout space that cause problems but is instead issues with the machines. This is likely what happened with Reid, and it is what happens with many others. Treadmills, in particular, have had problems in recent years.

In 2005, there were 16,700 recalls of treadmills that could cause their users to experience an electric shock. In 2007, there were 4,700 recalls of treadmills due to the fact the machines were starting on fire after getting over-heated. In 2008, there were 20,000 treadmills recalled when they began to speed up unexpectedly.

If exercise equipment is faulty and victims get hurt, the manufacturer should be held accountable.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience with defective product cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of an Atlanta accident. 

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Brain injuries are invasive injuries that can be devastating. Unfortunately, diagnosing brain injuries can be difficult. It can also be challenging to track the improvements that patients are making when they undergo treatment for brain injury. brain copy

Knowing the extent of the damage when a person suffers a blow to the brain is necessary for proper treatment. Injured victims also need to know how badly they are hurt so they can pursue a claim for compensation with the help of their Atlanta brain injury lawyer.

Fortunately, new research shows that eye-tracking may have promise in helping medical professionals  diagnose and monitor traumatic brain injury (TBI). Forbes reports on the research, which was published this December in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Eye-Tracking Could Help Diagnose Atlanta Brain Injury Victims

Researchers at New York University’s Langone Meical Center developed new technologies that they believe will be able to help detect when a brain injury has occurred and where in the brain the injury is concentrated.

The technology was tested as part of a study involving 169 patients. A total of 157 of the patients was “neurologically normal.” Twelve demonstrated “specific abnormalities in cranial nerves controlling eye movement or brain swelling close to the nerves.” The damage to the brains of the patient involved nerves that affected the ability of the eye to move sideways, up and down.

Researchers had the 169 patients participating in the survey watch either television content or music video. The participants watched for 220 seconds and at the same time as they were watching the content, the researchers are measuring the ratio of horizontal to vertical eye movement.

In patients who are neurologically normal with no damage to the brain, the eyes moved vertically and horizontally at almost a one-to-one ratio. In other words, their eyes moved side-to-side and-up-and-down close to equal a number of times.

For the 12 participants in the study who had nerve damage to the brain, however, their eye movements had a different ratio. The aberrant eye movement ratios varied depending upon which of the nerves in the brain had suffered the damage. When patients with brain abnormalities had surgery to correct the problems that they were having, their eye movement returned back to the normal range.

This experiment clearly showed that the eye tracking technology has the potential to help doctors identify the location and extent of injury to the brain and to monitor how well the brain is improving. Not only can this improve treatment, but it can also open the door to more clinical trials. Clinical trials have been limited in the past because brain injury is hard to classify and quantitate.

Hopefully, this new advancement can help to improve the treatment that brain injury sufferers receive. Many brain injuries are caused by negligence, like dangerous drivers or unsafe conditions leading to slip-and-falls. Victims of these injuries deserve the very best in medical care so they have a chance of getting better.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience in brain injury cases. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of an Atlanta brain injury. 

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Nursing home abuse takes many different forms, but one of the most dangerous types of abuse involves the overmedication of patients.  Patients with dementia are particularly vulnerable to this type of abuse, although it could happen to anyone who is living in a nursing home.  Abuse of medication can change a senior’s personality, increase the risk of falls, cause serious health conditions and even cause death. Yet, despite the risks, overmedication happens every day in nursing homes throughout the country. prescription-bottle---blank-label-991548-m

The problem stems from the fact that the behavior of some nursing home patients is difficult to control. This is especially true of patients with advanced dementia, as these patients may become anxious and aggressive. Staff members may not know how to deal with patients, or may not wish to expend the energy to provide appropriate care for troubled nursing home residents. Instead of providing adequate and appropriate care, patients are medicated with powerful anti-psychotic drugs to make them docile. An Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyer should be consulted if this is happening to someone that you love who is in a nursing home.

Overmedication is a Common Form of Atlanta Nursing Home Abuse

Recently, National Public Radio (NPR) published a comprehensive report on the risks of overmedication in a nursing home setting.  According to the report, approximately 300,000 nursing home residents across the country are currently being treated with antipsychotic medications such as schizophrenia and bipolar drugs.  The majority of these nursing home residents do not have the medical condition that the drugs are actually approved to treat. Instead, the drugs are being given to patients to calm them down, quiet them down, and make them easier for nursing home staff members to deal with.

Dementia patients are especially likely to be prescribed these drugs. Around 88 percent of the claims that were made to Medicare to cover antipsychotic drugs for nursing home patients were for people who had been diagnosed with dementia. Because the medications are not actually approved to treat this condition, a campaign was started by the government that was supposed to lessen the reliance on antipsychotics for these vulnerable seniors. The campaign made the not-very-ambitious goal to reduce the use of these medications by a period of 15 percent over a year. This small reduction did happen, but it occurred over a two year period.  It also left many patients still being prescribed antipsychotic medications they do not need.

The problem is, these medications have a black box warning about the dangerous side effects, including an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, suicide and death. A patient who is drugged with an antipsychotic medication may also be at far greater risk of falling, which can lead to a broken hip or other serious and sometimes deadly injuries.

The patients these drugs are being given to cannot consent to the medications if they don’t understand the risks. Families are often kept in the dark about what is going on.  This is an egregious violation of patient rights as nursing home staff should not be drugging patients and endangering them just to make them easier to care for. If a patient suffers harm because of this type of overmedication, the victim or surviving family members can pursue a damage claim for nursing home abuse.

The Atlanta nursing home abuse lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. have extensive experience in cases arising from overmedication and negligent nursing staff. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation if you believe you or a loved one is a victim of Atlanta nursing home abuse.